A resolution honoring retiring Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was introduced by Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Rep. Xavier Becerra.
“Vin Scully is a national treasure,” said Boxer, D-California. “During so many iconic moments in baseball history — like when Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game and when Hank Aaron broke the home run record — it was Vin Scully’s voice that we all heard.”
Feinstein, D-California, said Scully is “the heart and soul of the Dodgers and of Los Angeles.”
Becerra, D-Los Angeles, called Scully “an icon who has brought a love for the game to millions of fans.”
“His integrity, can-do spirit, and devotion to baseball are bound to define sports broadcasting for decades,” said Becerra, whose district includes Dodger Stadium.
The 88-year-old Scully will broadcast his final game Sunday, when the Dodgers will be playing in San Francisco.
Scully said he chose that date because it comes 80 years to the day when he saw a sign at a laundry in his native New York City reporting the score of Game 2 of the World Series that day — New York Yankees 18, New York Giants 4, that prompted him to become a baseball fan.
“It seems like the plan was laid out for me, and all I had to do was follow the instructions,” Scully said.
Scully has been a Dodger broadcaster since 1950 when the team was based in Brooklyn. His 67 seasons with the Dodgers is the longest tenure for a broadcaster with a team. He has been the Dodgers’ No. 1 broadcaster since 1954.
Either on the team or NBC broadcasts, Scully has called such memorable moments by the Dodgers (or their opponents) as Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series and New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game against the Dodgers in the 1956 World Series.
Scully’s many honors include the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball” and being named the greatest sportscaster by the American Sportscasters Association.
A ranking system devised by author Curt Smith for his 2005 book “Voices of the Game” determined that Scully was baseball’s greatest announcer, giving him a perfect score of 100, based on such factors as longevity, language, popularity and persona.
Scully said he would like to be remembered as “a good, honest man, a good husband, a good father, a good grandfather.”
—City News Service